Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass is as hard-hitting and engaging as its title. Piddy is a fascinating character put in an impossible situation, and she’s smart and sympathetic, even when she’s backed into a corner. Medina aligns Piddy’s fear of Yaqui and her bullying with Piddy’s exploration of her parentage and her own sense of helplessness when it comes to knowing about her past. While both Yaqui and the truth about her father knock Piddy down, her relationships with a new girl at school, her mother’s best friend, and a childhood friend help teach her when to be tough, and when to have the strength to reach out for help. While Piddy’s resolution with her bullying problems might leave readers feeling dissatisfied, her emotional journey is well-rounded and the conclusion to this book is both realistic and hopeful.
Cover Comments: I love this cover--slightly gritty, yet shiny. I love the locker and how the title looks like graffiti. It does a great job at evoking an edgy, dangerous vibe without being too cool.
Book purchased from my indie.